Notice to the Press
Washington, DC
July 6, 2010


On July 9, Ambassador Philip L. Verveer, U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy, will host a roundtable discussion on the experiences of U.S. information and communication technology (ICT) companies and NGOs in providing direct assistance to help stabilize, maintain, and rebuild ICT capabilities in Haiti following the catastrophic earthquake in January 2010.

Through discussions and presentations, the roundtable will explore:
  • Types of assistance that U.S. ICT-related companies provided to help stabilize, maintain, or rebuild ICT and other vital capabilities in Haiti.
  • Experiences of U.S. ICT-related companies that volunteered assistance
  • International disaster-response capabilities that U.S. ICT-related companies have in place or plan to implement.

The roundtable will be held on Friday, July 9 at 1:30pm in the Loy Henderson Auditorium of the Harry S. Truman Building of the U.S. Department of State.

This roundtable is a continuation of the Department of State’s efforts to engage the technology industry as we work with the international community to rebuild Haiti. On May 10, 2010, the Department of State hosted a conference to highlight innovative tech efforts at work in building back Haiti featuring members of the private sector, NGOs, academia, Haitian Diaspora and public sector. Click here for more information on Haiti Tech Meet Up: http://www.state.gov/p/wha/ci/ha/earthquake/haititech/index.htm.

Admittance to the Department of State building will be by means of a pre-arranged clearance list. In order to be placed on this list, please provide your name, title, company or other affiliation if appropriate, government-issued identification number (such as driver’s license number and state), date of birth, and citizenship to Joseph Burton at BurtonKJ@state.gov by close of business on Thursday, July 8.

This event is open press.
Pre-set time for cameras: 12:45 p.m. from the 23rd Street entrance.
Final access time for all press: 1:00 p.m. from the 23rd Street entrance.

Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) A U.S. Government-issued identification card (U.S. Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification card (driver's license, passport).

PRESS CONTACT:
Economic, Energy and Business Affairs Public Diplomacy Office
U.S. Department of State
(202) 647-0677



PRN: 2010/893